- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) - A former official at a Vermont high school has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually exploited a student.

Forty-nine-year-old David Barnett was released on conditions following his Wednesday arraignment in Chelsea on the felony sexual misconduct charges. The Valley News reports Barnett’s attorney previously said the former Randolph Union High School co-principal denies any wrongdoing.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Detective Lt. Scott Clouatre alleged Barnett engaged in sex acts between September 2011 and June 2012 with a 16-year-old girl who was a student at Randolph Union. Police say the victim told them that she confided in Barnett while she was struggling with depression and that Barnett exploited her during this time.

Barnett was fired from Randolph earlier this month. He is due back in court on May 30.

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